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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 1, 2010 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

I'd like to second Purple Gel's disgust and exasperation with the labels media love to affix to disasters, whether man-made or natural, and it IS lazy journalism at a time when attention spans are so short we now resort to movie-style "elevator pitches" in order to keep anyone interested in a story. It degrades the essence of what's really happening, discourages rational discourse, and reduces all argument to predictable sound-bytes ready-made for either the left or right to throw at each other while Rome (or in this case the gulf of mexico) burns down to shit.

As the Daily Show clip BD provided points out correctly this is NOT Obama's "Katrina"...but it's going to become that as a perception because outlets like Fox have latched on to it with a death grip to politicize and give their talking heads something to spew venom about.

Meanwhile, I'd dare Rudy Guliani and Sarah Palin start up their "Drill Baby Drill" chant again, but i'm guessing they're going to keep that one under wraps at least until August.

And just for the record, I take issue (respectfully, as I wish others would as well) with PG's assessment of the shitstorm brewing yet again w/Israel...while I am NOT one to defend the strong-arm tactics of the Netanyahu right wing (I am completely appalled at the continued Israeli settlements and the draconian measures of the blockade on Gaza in general), I'd like to know how many "peace activists" attack ANYONE with weapons on a PEACE MISSION, whether their ship has been raided or not? If they were TRULY "peace activists" they would not have disarmed some of those soldiers and threatened them with their own weapons. The Israeli actions were clearly over-aggressive, misguided, and WRONG, but so were the actions of those who put the lives of those soldiers at risk. If you're going to call yourself a peace activist, you have a responsibility to act as one. (Ask MLK, Jr. or Mahatma Ghandi, who could teach those people a thing or two.)

Fact is, when it comes to the Middle East mess, there is more than enough blame to go around on BOTH sides (rockets continue to be fired on civilians in northern Israel, and Hamas is still a terrorist organization, whether popularly elected (and what does THAT say about the Palestinians?) or not.

Please don't take this as full support of what Israel did in this instance, or in their overall treatment of Palestinians, but in the spirit of in fact trying to avoid superficial labels and sound bytes, I think that conflict is most definitely one colored by shades of grey rather than black-and-white blame.

This post was modified by grendelschoice on 2010-06-01 15:35:48

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jun 1, 2010 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

if one can be a suicide bomber for Jihad/extremists, don't u think it's easy to get a boatload of propaganda a-goin? 9 dead with 72virgins, mission accomplished!
Hooray Palestine! yer plan worked.

Hamas good-Jews BAD!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 1, 2010 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

I do not understand your post rasta .
The Jewish people have been hunted for some 5,769 years . For that neighborhood , and such a small 'tribe' , their survival is remarkable . Anti - semitism (which I accuse no one of ) is on the rise globally , again . What about Never Again ? - guess Cambodia and Rwanda answered that question .

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2010-06-01 19:11:37

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jun 1, 2010 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

I was being sarcastic...I think Hamas planned that situation. I am pro-Israel.

On the pipeline, I have my doubts about the initial "accident". Is the labor force for BP well's-well screened? huh? (boy, this new 420crop is gooood!) Yeah, a small nuke would fuse that pipe shut, or mebe a little Livermore Laser Fusion?

there are no limits to conspiracy- hahahaha

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 1, 2010 1:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

Thanks rasta .
I do not know what really happened this week-end . Who does ? The Mossad ? , The Russians ? , The Iranians ? The Jews / Arabs are like a couple who wants a divorce , but they both want the house . And both are not going to leave . That soil is mixed with five millenia worth of blood . It's sad. I have no answer . Maybe there isn't one .

Now to radically segue > If you could , how Was your week-end ?

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jun 3, 2010 3:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

"I do not know what really happened this week-end . Who does ? The Mossad ? , The Russians ? , The Iranians ? The Jews / Arabs are like a couple who wants a divorce , but they both want the house . And both are not going to leave . That soil is mixed with five millenia worth of blood . It's sad. I have no answer . Maybe there isn't one ."


Talk about lazy journalism!

Come on, who are the Arabs? "five millenia worth of blood" is straight ignorance. You probably think Jews are "white" people too. Man, I bet those sentences will be misunderstood too.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 3, 2010 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

Oh , indeed they are . Grab a history book re: the amount of blood shed in that area . Let's just go back to the battle of Kadesh for some of that bloodletting . We could go further . And this , " .. Jews are white people ... " ? ; no , just human beings like All of us .

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jun 4, 2010 1:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

There should be little surprise that there is a history war in the Middle East -- civilization started there! The ME, not just Greece and Rome, is the "Ancestor of the West" -- check out Jean Bottéro for background.

Bloodshed is probably worse among the Europeans and descendants, with a rich tradition from ethnic cleansing of rival species (and some intermarrying with Neanderthals) and on to Alexander and Rome. World domination and internal wars have been far worse than everywhere else for over 500 years.

Who else but us whiteys could have imagined that the gathering of the Europeans tribes in "the promised land" of America would create the manifest destiny of a fearful country armed to the teeth waiting to be snatched up by a heavenly chariot as a reward for destroying the earth's riches and presiding over vast corruption and denigration of the human soul.

I'm too lazy to impose more.

This post was modified by spacedface on 2010-06-04 20:24:41

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Poster: rastamon Date: Jun 1, 2010 1:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

my weekend was so-so....couldn't afford Mountain Aire, not even fer a day.
Oh well

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 1, 2010 1:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lazy Journalism (non Dead)

Tancredo/Palin 2012!
(or is it the other way around?)

Just kidding (god, I hope so) - but sincerely hope you had fun at Furthur